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Kate Gleeson, MFA, LMSW

Kate Gleeson, MFA, LMSW.University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, 1994.Licensed Master of Social Work, University of Iowa, 2014.Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.

For over twenty years Kate has worked as a developmental editor, helping authors conceptualize and craft their novels, memoirs, and nonfiction books. Over the years she became drawn to the intimate connection and personal work involved in helping people tell their stories, and seven years ago she pursued a career and education in counseling and psychotherapy.

Her therapy incorporates recent findings in brain research on the interaction of attachment, neurobiology, and trauma. In addition to traditional psychotherapeutic approaches, she uses EMDR to help people process and resolve negative feelings, beliefs, and physical sensations that get stored in the brain when a person goes through a traumatic event or suffers repeated hurtful experiences as a child. A person may get stuck in one or more fear patterns including not being good enough, not being safe, or not being in control. Through a combination of careful psychotherapeutic preparation and the use of eye movements or other kinds of bilateral stimulation, EMDR allows the brain to get unstuck so the client can change the negative feelings and self-talk caused by past trauma.

“I like using EMDR in my therapy because it focuses on processing memories of traumatic events, not on reliving the trauma or even describing it in detail. The client’s brain does the work as adaptive emotions, sensations, beliefs, and memories emerge during bilateral stimulation.”

Kate also uses EMDR to help students, athletes, and professionals achieve “peak performance” in their professional lives. She works with adults, adolescents, and children over the age of 10. Areas of specialization include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • OCD and phobia
  • Trauma and loss
  • LGBT issues
  • Writer’s block
  • Peak performance

“I believe that helping another person begins with my own ability to be present, centered, and grounded for the client.One of the things that grounds me is a passionate interest in prehistory, archaeology, and cosmology. Perhaps because I was born in the Midwest as a middle child in a middle-class family, I’ve always been interested in the ‘edges’ of things—the coastlines, the Continental Divide, the outer edge of space;the fine line between sanity and insanity;how a person survives in extreme circumstances, how a person survives incredibly boring circumstances;and the point on a journey when a person is no longer the same.”

See Kate’s books here

See New York Times Book Review here